Thread-u-cation Thursday: Sheaf Stitch

silkstitchalong24The Sheaf Stitch is another embroidery stitch that heaps thread on the surface of fabric.(Here you see it being used in the Silk Stitch Along Tutorial .) A tidy bundle, long stitches of thread are cinched together and look like sheaves of wheat.

silkstitchalong25But my wheat sheaving days are over so I like to top the Sheaf Stitch with a French Knot or a Bullion Knot to make a flower. Here are directions for making the Sheaf Stitch. Have fun!

A Gift for Your Stitch Along

woolbird20In celebration of having a new book almost published (Joyful Stitching comes out in February), I’d like to get you warmed up for embroidery with a free tutorial on making this Wooly Bird. Sadly, he didn’t make the cut for the book but you’ll find his free pattern and stitch directions on the Wooly Bird Stitch Along.

wool3And in further celebration! (Cause I’m such a party gal.) I’ll be giving away a free swatch of wool along with a free pattern for the bird with every order placed on the Artfabrik Store. This offer is good now through the end of the year. It’s our choice of color but the wool is just the right size and weight for your Wooly Bird project.

Wool for Stitching

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I don’t dye wool. But I do buy wool. And I have a favorite hand-dyed wool supplier you may be interested in,Tracy Trevethan. Tracy has a wide range of bright, clear colors.

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Check out the Wool Stitch Along

The wool Tracy dyes is perfect for the Wool Stitch along project where we make a leaf. The leaf is sort of a sampler of different embroidery stitches and combinations that make texture and pattern. So get some of that yummy wool by Tracy Trevethan and give it a try!

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Silk Stitch Along #17: Finishing the Edges

silkgardenembroideryTime to finish this small embroidery and dream of making the next one. In the beginning you’ll remember that we fused the silk background fabric and ironed it to a smaller piece of batting leaving a 1″ boarder of fabric around the edge. We’ll wrap that edge to the back now, finishing the piece.

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Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Fold a corner back onto the batting at at a 90 degree angle. Fuse the corner into place with a hot iron.
  • Repeat this at each corner.silkstitchalong27
  • Fold each side onto the batting making a sharp corner. Fuse the sides down with a hot iron.silkstitchalong28
  • Cut a piece of felt to measure about 1/4″ smaller on each edge than the size of the piece.
  • Stitch the felt to the back of the piece with a Running Stitch.

The complete tutorial for the Silk Stitch Along is found on the Tutorials Page of this website.

I hope you enjoyed it!

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Silk Stitch Along #15: Leaves and Buds

silkstitchalong24The gloomy days of winter persist here in Illinois. But soon sunshine and the blooming trees of Spring will appear. The next part of our Silk Stitch Along depicts the stunning days of Spring ahead by recreating fresh green leaves and cheerful flower buds in thread.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a variegated color of size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches around the ends of the tree branches to make leaves.
  • Use that same thread and fill in the opening is each Lazy Daisy Stitch with a Straight Stitch.

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You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Silk Stitch Along #14: Adding Branches

silkstitchalong32Remember that tree trunk you made early in the Silk Stitch Along? It looks a little bare and naked don’t you think? Lets dress it up with a few branches and maybe add a fig leave or two.

silkstitchalong33Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use the same size 8 pearl cotton thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle used to stitch the tree trunk.
  • Add adjacent rows of Chain Stitches extending from the tree trunk out to the right and left.
  • Add smaller branches off of larger ones with more Chain Stitches or Straight Stitches. 

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  • Use a variegated color size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches on the ends of the branches to make leaves.
  • Randomly add more Lazy Daisy Stitches around the these stitches to create a canopy of leaves.
  • Using that same thread, fill in each Lazy Daisy loop with a Straight Stitch.

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is